Panthers make a late push

One shining need on the Pittsburgh football team is obvious; it's in dire need of a transfusion of talent on the offensive front. More specifically the needs are glaring at offensive tackle. The Panthers are making a push for yet another talented Ohio lineman.

Better late then never one may say for the Panthers. Late last week Pittsburgh decided to get into the bidding for Lee Tilley, a 6-foot-7, 300 pound, offensive tackle from Franklin Heights High in Columbus, Ohio.

Scout.com currently ranks Tilley as a four-star prospect and the No. 16 rated offensive lineman in the nation.

"Pittsburgh offered me last week," Tilley said. "I'm interested in seeing the school. I saw them play on T.V. a few times. I have to see what their needs are and if I fit."

Judging by a conversation Tilley had last week with Pittsburgh recruiting Coordinator Greg Gattuso it would seem that Tilley fits the bill.

"He said they need offensive lineman, he said they have a great need for guys who can come in and play early."

Tilley now holds close to 40 written scholarship offers. He has taken official visits to Oklahoma, Arizona State, and LSU. He is scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend. Could the Panthers grab that last spot?

"I may take an official there, I'm not sure yet," he said. "There are a few teams I'm thinking about, but I haven't decided."

According to the coaching staff at Franklin Heights, they are going to try and have Tilley talk to Pittsburgh head Coach Dave Wannstedt this week.


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